Mini Excavators: Equipment Spotlight

February 2014, Vol. 69 No. 2
Kobelco’s SK17SR

John Deere
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The 50G and 60G units feature a wide variety of improvements, many of which affect the cab design to improve visibility, operator comfort and thus productivity. These new models are particularly well suited for the rental, and underground segments. A widened and lengthened cab for improved operator comfort and a Final Tier 4 solution offer a seamless operation experience with no interruption. Both models incorporate the auto-idle feature that slows engine speed when the pilot-control levers are momentarily released – for reduced fuel consumption and noise. A new door design improves entry and visibility to the left hand side of the machine. The door design also widens the size of the opening for entering the cab. Within the operator station, a new multifunction monitor provides a coolant temperature and fuel gauge, clock, two trip meters, regeneration inhibit, auto shut down control, and machine hours among the many functions. 800.503.3373, deere.com

Bobcat Company
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With 8,069 foot-pounds of arm force and increased bucket force, the new Bobcat E85 compact excavator provides exceptional productivity when excavating or trenching. Additionally, it has an impressive 14,509 foot-pounds of breakout force – an 18 percent increase over its predecessor for class-leading productivity, and has a dig depth of 15 feet 6 inches. For improved uptime protection, the E85 has new boom cylinder guards protecting the boom cylinder when the excavator is digging. Integrated into the undercarriage are four convenient tie-down points to simplify trailer loading for transport. 866.823.7898, bobcat.com/excavators

Case
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Case Construction Equipment’s CX55B minimum tail swing compact excavator features a large boom and arm for excellent reach and power. The CX55B delivers 11,240 foot-pounds of bucket digging force. Its 39.3-hp engine, operating weight of 12,295 pounds and dig depth of 12 feet 10 inches – combined with the minimum tail swing design – make it ideal for working in tight locations. 262.636.6011, casece.com